Thursday, July 16, 2009

Obamacare: It’s not about options

Investors Business Daily has done an excellent series of editorials on the whole health care scheme Obama and the Democrats are cooking up. You can read the whole series here.

In their editorial titled It’s Not An Option, they found this in the House version of the bill on page 16:

When we first saw the paragraph Tuesday, just after the 1,018-page document was released, we thought we surely must be misreading it. So we sought help from the House Ways and Means Committee.

It turns out we were right: The provision would indeed outlaw individual private coverage. Under the Orwellian header of "Protecting The Choice To Keep Current Coverage," the "Limitation On New Enrollment" section of the bill clearly states:

"Except as provided in this paragraph, the individual health insurance issuer offering such coverage does not enroll any individual in such coverage if the first effective date of coverage is on or after the first day" of the year the legislation becomes law.

So in other words, you can keep your private insurance now, but God help you if you loose it or need to switch. Then you only option is the public option.

As a self-employed individual, it is crucial for me to be able to shop around to keep my costs down. If my current insurer raises their rates, I would be unable to shop for another private insurer. I would either have to pay the higher rates or go on the public plan. If the public plan causes my private insurer to go out of business, then again I would be forced into the public paln.

This is nothing more than fascist strong-arm tactics. Obama and the Democrats true goal is to get everyone on government run health care whether you want to go or not.

What I don’t understand is, if it cost a trillion dollars to insure a fraction of those currently uninsured, then why on earth create a scheme that will force so many more on the public plan? How much more is that going to cost and who the hell is getting stuck with that tab?


Ron B said...

Now you know you won't be able to shop around for your coverage at all since all private health insurers will be out of business. Creating a competing government plan is not competition at all it is what you clearly stated toward the get everyone on the government plan. So if they can control how you get treated for your illnesses they can control if you get to live.

JMK said...

That was a GREAT get by the folks at IBD!

The Liberal Democrats are now outrightly lying that that "is not the case". Clearly, it very much IS the case!

The other major cost-cutting tools (rationing and restrictions) have been kept quiet....but the CBO has come out and stated that the plan as written will cost MORE than he $1.5 TRILLION advertised and still leave as many as 30 million Americans uninsured!

So why rush into such an obviously flawed plan???

Fear that Obama's eroding popularity will erode significantly more by the early Fall?

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